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  1. They could abandon the policy and see how it goes. Even if the court were wrong, the source selection would be simpler. Stated concerns the policy was addressing were : 1.) business continuity disruption after a disaster, and 2.) less competition over the long term. If the policy dies, how would ya'll mitigate those concerns? My immediate response would be 1.) letter contracts or anything else in FAR 18, and 2.) waiting and seeing to see if the marketplace begins to dry up.
  2. Yes, that is a goof in the IT group, software management failure as General describes. Thanks for confirming.
  3. Just to clarify, is the "someone" a vendor saying they wanted to submit a quote and feels frozen out of the competition, or is it a person at your agency who never got their license?
  4. It's very circumstance dependent, but you should get an opportunity to respond to negative past performance. You could always call your (former) project manager and talk to them, see how much stink rubbed off on you. May be worthwhile (regulations allowing) taking them out to lunch and do some fence-mending.
  5. I realized today I have been on a jihad spiritual struggle within oneself against sin against the word "Indicate" for a few years now. I saw the Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR) Clause Update for Submission of Invoices federal register entry on the Main Page and started compulsively trying to rewrite this section: According to the linked Merriam-Webster definition, "Indicate" has a few meanings, some mean to "to state", and others are more advisory or suggestive. So whenever I see the word, I wonder for a fraction of a second which version the author mea
  6. Honestly I think so. Budgets are very important- it's why people fight over them. You can persuade the IT group to consolidate licenses, etc., and you should because its a sensible thing to do. However, the first official act is humping a requisition over to the procurement office, and that is solely in their control. Your remaining concerns are: Contract Type; Past performance Evaluation; and Price Evaluation When we discuss these issues, we don't deploy much specialized IT knowledge, though certainly a little is required. If you are curious, observant, sti
  7. I don't think you hire the 1102 to consolidate data centers and push them to the cloud. The budget to accomplish that would come from the IT department, so it must always originate there. But let's say it did, is your thought that the 1102 would need a lot of technical knowledge in order to issue the solicitation to accomplish that? I'm certain that is true to some extent, but I'd rather the 1102 concentrate on being a great 1102. The IT folks need us to ensure discussions are fair, to help navigate the small business world, to make sound best-value trade-offs, and a host of other thi
  8. Sole source acquisitions to the actual sole sources may help you through some of this. Someone will need to write justifications. Say you did that alone, how much of a toothache remains? Also, FAR 19.502 gives you an out, but some justifying is required: Regarding the "dedicated suppliers", would competing the remaining work under some BPAs fit the bill? These ideas require more up-front paperwork, but hopefully a payoff down the road. Supply chain is not my world, just trying to provide another option in addition to Pepe's above. Folks, feel free to open fire on thi
  9. I am aghast. There are no Bs- there are only A1s and A2s. Seriously though, are we getting stupider as the generations go by? Will we one day obsess about the amount of electrolytes our crops are receiving? Or is this just something typical 42-year-old males worry about? I fear that I'm a "B" and I'm being followed up by mostly "C"s.
  10. This really does not sound like a deal-killer. I'd get it if you needed 15,000 hours and it only had the 10,000. Could you just use the thing and see how it goes? Maybe re-compete in a few years if it is driving you nuts?
  11. This is the life of frogs, warts and all. Elaine, We are obviously too much fun to leave. Find a different office, though. Yuck.
  12. I prefer seeing who can hold their bare forearm over a candle the longest. It weeds out the more stable people and gets you some real free-thinkers.
  13. You can not begin work on the purchase order and/or refuse it in writing. It's an offer to you, so refusing it is OK. If you already began work on it then you might be stuck.
  14. Thanks C, Cannot speak for the others, but I always gravitate toward GAO because their decisions are just so much easier to read, and I know how to use their search engine. Not the best reasons! However, I have noticed they weigh in on this one contract admin issue on the occasion when a disappointed firm sees a contract modification they do not like on a contract they lost (as with your example). I remember seeing this more with contract mods that add a chunk of work, so its nice to read your example because it is new to me. I thought this passage from your link was also wor
  15. Can you think of any areas in the solicitation other than the scope? Q&As not incorporated into the solicitation leap to mind as a possibility.
  16. Thanks, Ji, I'll continue then. Appreciate your insight about the Government reviewers. Anyone- I seem to spend a lot of time reviewing SOWs lately, and I don't think I'm the only one. This seems like a challenging area for beginners so please feel free to post any advice as a comment or as a new post. Folks will be interested. I'll do another one about Background sections later.
  17. There are times in a man's life when he has to look hard in the mirror, spit mouthwash at his own reflection, and decide for himself whether or not something is a cardinal change. We have learned on the message boards over the years there is now hard and fast rule for determining this answer, there is just a judgement of whether or not the instant change to the SOW, the contract price, or the schedule deviates from the original purpose of the contract. I have found myself adding these types of sentences to SOWs as both cardinal-change-battlespace-preparation. (Also seems useful to d
  18. It sounds like you will not be able to split this into smaller, more manageable chunks. Can you pick the most likely scenario, evaluate those options, and force the requiring activity to provide sole source justifications for deviations? I assume they are foisting this on your office somehow, so you should inflict as much suffering upon them as you can. Looking forward to hearing better responses that this, just getting the ball rolling. Best of luck to you, General.
  19. I vote for (2), though sometimes CORs and I rewrite SOWs together. I hope it helps them, but they write this way so infrequently it's unlikely. Endorsed. Division of labor is good.
  20. This is exactly what I would say if I was replacing all of you with aliens.
  21. Life. Wow, man, Life. It's really strange you know? We make these plans to receive your proposals and then Life happens and we can't. We can't even issue an amendment to our solicitation! Could be plague, could be invasion, could be we just totally flaked out that day. But chill. We'll take it when we get back. We won't trip about Life. Cuz. Life. Trips. Us. Man. All of us. Can you pass that stuff over here?
  22. If the receipt of proposals is prevented by unforeseen circumstances, then the Government will receive proposals at the same time on the first day of normal operations unless the solicitation is formally extended.
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